Falcon 9 • Badr 8

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched the Badr 8 communications satellite for Arabsat based in Saudi Arabia. From geostationary orbit, Badr 8 will provide communications coverage for Arabsat customers over Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Badr 8 also hosts an optical communications payload developed by Airbus. The spacecraft was built by Airbus, and is based on the Eurostar Neo platform. The Falcon 9’s first stage booster landed on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Delayed from May 21. Scrubbed on May 23 by bad weather. Delayed from May 24.